Category Archives: U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to Host First-Ever Amphibious Leaders Symposium

U.S. Marine Forces Pacific to Host First-Ever Amphibious Leaders Symposium

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 flies over several countries' ships in formation during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. US Navy photo.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4 flies over several countries’ ships in formation during a photo exercise for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. US Navy photo.

This article has been updated to include information on a memo from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus dealing with wargaming in the Navy and Marine Corps, as well as a clarification of the Navy and Marine Corps roles in organizing this summer’s events.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The U.S. Pacific Fleet will host an amphibious operations exercise this month in conjunction with a U.S. Marine Forces Pacific-sponsored conference and tabletop exercise for more than 30 Pacific countries. Read More

SECDEF Ash Carter: Republican Congressional Budget Proposal is ‘A Road to Nowhere’

SECDEF Ash Carter: Republican Congressional Budget Proposal is ‘A Road to Nowhere’

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing. DoD screen shot

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2015. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also testified during the hearing.
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter asked Congress to relieve the Pentagon of the “double whammy” of sequestration budget restrictions and the Republican proposed single year defense plan. Read More

Marines' Aviation C2 System Finishes Operational Assessment

Marines’ Aviation C2 System Finishes Operational Assessment

Two MV-22B Ospreys prepare for refueling during an aerial refueling training exercise as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 8, 2015, the same exercise that hosted the CAC2S operational assessment. US Marine Corps photo.

Two MV-22B Ospreys prepare for refueling during an aerial refueling training exercise as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor course aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 8, 2015, the same exercise that hosted the CAC2S operational assessment. US Marine Corps photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Marines’ Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) wrapped up its operational assessment in Arizona and will have a busy year finalizing software and hardware tweaks before heading to initial operational test and evaluation a year from now. Read More

Who Will Follow Dunford as Next Marine Corps Commandant?

Who Will Follow Dunford as Next Marine Corps Commandant?

The Marine Corps temporarily had six four-star generals in 2013 -- which had never happened before and is unlikely to happen again any time soon. The generals posed for photos in the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C., April 19, 2013. From left to right: John Kelly, James Mattis, Joseph Dunford, James Amos, John Allen, and John Paxton Jr. US Marine Corps photo.

The Marine Corps temporarily had six four-star generals in 2013 — which had never happened before and is unlikely to happen again any time soon. The generals posed for photos in the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C., April 19, 2013. From left to right: John Kelly, James Mattis, Joseph Dunford, James Amos, John Allen, and John Paxton Jr. US Marine Corps photo.

Gen. Joseph Dunford was nominated the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday after only serving as the Commandant of the Marine Corps for six and a half months – leaving many to wonder who will follow him as the next commandant. Read More

USMC Examining Simulated Training Effectiveness, Capability Gaps

USMC Examining Simulated Training Effectiveness, Capability Gaps

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, confront avatars, or virtual humans, while clearing a room at the Office of Naval Research Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT) located at the I Marine Expeditionary Force Battle Simulation Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 19, 2008. US Navy photo.

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, confront avatars, or virtual humans, while clearing a room at the Office of Naval Research Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT) located at the I Marine Expeditionary Force Battle Simulation Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 19, 2008. US Navy photo.

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia – When Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford released his Commandant’s Planning Guidance in January, he shined a spotlight on live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training.

The Marine Corps should use simulators to the greatest extent possible, he wrote. But they need to cover all the right warfighting areas. And the service needs to ensure Marines get enough hours in the simulator. And the simulators need to align with training and readiness goals.

With a new focus on LVC training, the Marine Corps Training and Education Command (TECOM) is in the midst of several efforts to ensure its LVC training capabilities are supporting the right skills and in the right quantities. Read More

Navy Not Following Marines' Lead in Developing V-22 Osprey Tanker

Navy Not Following Marines’ Lead in Developing V-22 Osprey Tanker

Undated photo of an aerial refueling test from a Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

Undated photo of an aerial refueling test from a Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22. U.S. Marine Corps Photo

The Navy has no immediate plans to explore using its planned fleet of V-22 Ospreys carrier onboard delivery aircraft to refuel its carrier aircraft, while the Marines are actively looking to include a tanking capability in its own tilt-rotor V-22s by 2017, service officials told USNI News on Monday. Read More

A Marine's Reflections on the End of the Vietnam War

A Marine’s Reflections on the End of the Vietnam War

Personnel pus a UH-1 Iroquois off the deck of USS Kirk at the close of the Vietnam War.

Personnel pus a UH-1 Iroquois off the deck of USS Kirk at the close of the Vietnam War.

The following is a recollections on the end of the Vietnam War originally published in the May, 2005 issue of Proceedings under the original title, Reflections on Vietnam.

It ended 30 years ago when a Marine handed Graham Martin a folded flag and the U.S. Ambassador took off from the roof of the U.S Embassy in Saigon. No one, warrior or protestor, walked away from the Vietnam War unscathed. The photos need no captions. The words of the two Marine infantry officers help us remember, as if we could forget. Read More

HASC Recommends Cutting G/ATOR Budget; Marines Say Program is on Track

HASC Recommends Cutting G/ATOR Budget; Marines Say Program is on Track

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

Visiting VIPs observe the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. on Oct. 8, 2014. US Marine Corps photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Armed Services Committee recommends cutting $40 million from the Marine Corps’ budget for its AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) program for what the committee calls programmatic delays, but the Marine Corps insists it is still on track despite a change in its testing program. Read More